Worcestershire have made their third signing for next season in as many weeks after bringing in former Gloucestershire man Roger Sillence.

The 28-year-old Wiltshireborn all-rounder might not be as high profile a capture as that of Australian duo Nathan Bracken and Phil Jaques.

But, after signing a two-year contract to come to New Road, Sillence is expected to prove a key squad player.

Sillence has already spent much of this summer in Worcestershire, having helped Barnt Green to the Birmingham League title, after being released from his contract with Gloucestershire.

But both Sillence and his coach, Steve Rhodes, are convinced that he can have a bigger impact at Worcester than he was allowed to make in his four-year association with Gloucestershire.

"I am very much looking forward to the new opportunity and responsibility given to me at Worcester," said Sillence. "With such quality of domestic and overseas players, I feel my game can only go from strength to strength and I look forward to playing a major role in the drive for promotion in 2006."

Rhodes, Worcestershire's newly appointed director of cricket, added: "Roger is just the type of player we are looking for. His all-round talents will give our squad real depth.

"Being so versatile, he can give us options in all formats of the game. He brings great energy to the squad and we are thrilled to welcome him to New Road."

The signing of Sillence, who first began his association with Gloucestershire in 2001 at least reverses the flow of traffic between Bristol and Worcester.

Gloucestershire had three Worcestershire old boys - Phil Weston, Kadeer Ali and Steven Adshead - in their ranks last season.

Sillence will be hoping to make the authorities at Bristol think they have made a mistake letting him go when he reports for duty in March after spending the winter in Melbourne playing grade cricket.